Nomination process for annual Nurse of the Year award opens

Those who know of a nurse who has gone above and beyond the call of duty can nominate them for the Eloise Reid Award for Excellence in Nursing. 

Sponsored this year by Tenet Health, the award recognizes nurses who have made exceptional contributions to the nursing procession.  

“There are many dedicated, outstanding nurses living and working in the Cayman Islands. This award is a great way to bring us all together to celebrate the hard work that nurses do, and recognize the vital support that they offer to the healthcare profession,” said Eloise Reid, former Health Services Authority CEO and chief nursing officer, whom the award is named after.  

“I encourage everyone to take the time to think of a nurse who has gone above and beyond in her duties, and make the effort to submit his/her name so that we can in turn show our appreciation as colleagues,” said Mrs. Reid. 

The Eloise Reid Award for Excellence in Nursing was launched six years ago and is awarded each year during Nurses Week. Candidates for the nursing award can be nominated by their peers, patients, or other colleagues who feel a nurse deserves an award for remarkable service.  

Nominees must have demonstrated excellence in the application of the standards for nursing practice and code of ethics, and have made exceptional contributions to the nursing profession in clinical practice. The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, May 5.  

Criteria  

Nominees will be assessed on a number of criteria including: possession of high ethical standards; serving as a resource for colleagues and taking the initiative to mentor others; their impact on the quality patient care system; exhibiting the characteristics of a positive role model with strong leadership and interpersonal skills; an expert level of competency in the delivery of holistic care; the ability and desire to acquire new learning and incorporate it in the practice environment; their promotion of a high quality nursing practice environment; their advocacy for quality healthcare; and their demonstrated commitment to the promotion of the nursing profession. 

The winner will be chosen by a selection committee, which is appointed by the chief nursing officer, Hazel Brown.  

The winner will be announced and the award presented by Tenet Health at the conference’s welcome cocktail reception on Monday, May 12, at the Marriott Beach Resort.  

Joanna Rose-Wright was the 2013 recipient of the Eloise Reid Award. 

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Nurse Joanna Rose-Wright, left, last year’s Nurse of the Year, is pictured with Eloise Reid, after whom the annual award is named. Nominations for 2014 recipients are now open. – PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY

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